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Could a 50-watt valve head with switchable preamps from boutique makers be the cure for ‘too many amps’ syndrome? Richard Purvis opens all the little boxes and gets hot-swapping…

There’s something more than slightly disconcerting about taking delivery of an amplifier and finding it has two great big holes in the front panel. But this isn’t IKEA’s new self-assembly backline range: it’s the return of modular amplification. And you know what? The idea makes a lot of sense.

If most of an amp’s particular character comes from its front end, why not let guitarists swap preamps in and out, for radical revoicing within the same shell?

Synergy’s modular tech is directly descended from the old Egnater/ Randall system, and those old modules will actually work with the new amps… but there’s one new factor that might just help the idea catch on properly this time.

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